Friday, November 26, 2021

K.Michelle Says Adele’s ‘Blue-eyed Soul is Some Bullsh*t’

adele-k.michelle*Outspoken R&B singer K. Michelle is adamant that if Adele were Black, she wouldn’t be as successful as she is, nor would Sam Smith. Both artists have crafted a signature soul sound that K. believes makes them more appealing and marketable because they aren’t black.

During a recent Q&A session with fans, the part-time reality star didn’t hold back when asked about the state of rhythm and blues. “They allow White people to sing our music … blue eyed soul is some bullsh*t. Yeah, I said it,” she fired off in response.

She used Adele’s “Hello” as an example to support her claim that if a Black artist put out something similar, it would flop. “‘Hello’, that’s some bullsh*t, sorry. It’s a great song, great artist, but if a Black girl was to sing that very song, it would not get played on the radio.”

K. Michelle hosted a screening for fans in Atlanta last week for the second season premiere of her reality television series “My Life,” which premiered Jan. 25 night on VH1. This new season focuses on K.’s complicated dating life “while she travels from London, Los Angeles and Atlanta to record her third album,” the “follow-up to her “Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart,” which topped Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop albums charts. “Rebellious Soul” debuted at No. 2 and No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 albums,” per AJC.com. Combined, the albums have sold 500,000 copies worldwide.

During the Q&A, K. suggested that the Black community is partly responsible for its artists not finding commercial success equal to white artists who sing R&B music.

“We sit around and call our very own artists flops, but we’ll run and go buy some blue-eyed soul …They don’t have to destroy us because we destroy each other,” she said.

Black Twitter was quick to cosign Michelle’s point, check out some of the responses below:

Do you agree with K? If Jazmine Sullivan put out “Hello,” would it be as big a hit as Adele’s version, or is the British songstress only popular she’s White? Shout out to TheShadeRoom for supplying video of K’s commentary.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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28 COMMENTS

  1. Have you heard Joe’s version of Hello? It’s hot. I think I even like it better than Adele’s version but I really like her too.

  2. Though I agree that K. Michelle has a point that just MIGHT be right. I also know how easy it is to theorize something. That word “IF” is exactly that, a theory. We have no idea IF that would be the case because a black woman DIDN’T make the song. But the part of me that says K. Michelle could make a good point is the fact that black is so used to black — so accustomed to black that we often take each other for granted. Not only in music, but in everyday life. So the fact that this white woman with a great voice made a great song that people love has got a lot of tongues waggin’. And haters gon’ hate.

  3. I great song is a great song, however she does have a point somewhat? Black music is always going to be my “go-to” music because I was born listening to it, however, as a black man, when can you recall the last time a black artist – truly sings – plays the instrument – writes the songs that truly make you live the song you are hearing? Today’s R& B singers are so hook on bling – bling and bling that I DON’T even resonate with the average soul listener! Therefore, who wants to listen to the dam radio?. Also, the denigration on our black women, and bashing one another is not appeasing and borderline sickening as hell,too! We have enough reaility shows for this! Groups like EWF, Luther, Patti, Stephanie Mills, The Whispers, Rose Royce, Prince, Lady T., Kool and the Gang are considered “novelty” acts and don’t even put a damper on the charts anymore. We have people like Justin Bieber – Rihanna – and some other groups that couldn’t sing it someone put a fire under there azz…and getting PAID in the process, too! Until we as a race of music lovers stop supporting this so-called crap that’s being played on the radio – we will then have to listen to artist that are making money off of our sound because we aren’t invested in our culture (musically speaking) like other artists are. English people and other cultures have truly embraced out music and are running with it. This is the reason why a lot of artist (soul and other genres) flock to European markets because their music sells over there and they are taking advantage of it. Hell, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and Duran Duran have all benefited off of the “black sound” all the way to the bank!

  4. I don’t know why her and a lot of folks act like MICHAEL JACKSON, PRINCE, LIONEL RICHIE and all of them never kicked ass out here. Then later on with LAURYN HILL and USHER….and even today with THE WEEKND and MIQUEL. I can’t stand that “Whoa its me, it’s because of i’m black” excuse. No It’s YOU….with your ratchet style of R&B that’s only gonna appeal to a certain demographic and how you carry yourself on television and social media. It’s not becuase of your color.

  5. Of course white ppl who sound black are more successful, it’s a rarity. That’s been the case since Elvis and Michael Bolton. More and more blacks, with mediocre talent are famous for their antics, and Brazilian butts, k. Michelle.

  6. lol i dont even wanna make this about race i dont really give a fuck i just know this bitch really shouldnt be saying shit when she’s out here making an ass out of herself…vh1 bitch really? your a fucking sellout making shows about your complicated dating life….bitch you wanna talk shit then make better songs i dont see alicia keys saying shit…and your not even .1 close to her talent wise i dont really care for adele’s music but good music is good music does she have a point i dont really see it that way because a truly great musican finds a way to cross that barrier…not sound bitter if you dont like something the way it is then bitch do something but when your a thot singing about fucking nothing then i dont really think its about race its about people not respecting you

  7. so in agreement, 100%. she’s without a doubt on point and so right. blacks degrade blacks in a heartbeat. because how in the flying f*ck that crap “Hello” is on the top of the charts? you know why? because white people always support their own kind..ALWAYS. whereas on the contrary, once again, my people always have negative sh*t to say and are always talking badly about one another, and let’s not even begin to elaborate on supporting one another. SMDH. K.Michelle has finally stepped away from her ratchet-ass ways to preach some gospel truth that the majority can agree with. way to go K., girl. you’ve said entirely more than a mouth full.

  8. Why does it ALWAYS have to be about race?! What does that have to do with talent or people’s personal musical preferences? Some people like Adele’s music and some don’t. Just as some people like your music and some don’t. It’s music for God’s sake! Music crosses all perceived boundaries. I’m a fan of Usher, Garth Brooks, Celine Dion, Shakira, Bon Jovi and Beyonce, just to name a few (notice I didn’t list Adele?!). I don’t judge a song or artist based on race. I judge solely on whether or not I like the song. No matter who sings it or what race they happen to be. The fact that you’re whining about Adele (and throwing her race in there) just tells me that you’re an insecure, immature, attention seeking little brat. My advice to you is to figure out how to believe in yourself and stand on your own merits, stop having a pity party and bashing other artist’s popularity based on race. If you can’t do that, then maybe you need to get the hell out of the industry. In short, suck it up, Sunshine. Not everyone is going to like what you do. That’s life. And no, it’s not about race.

  9. @Stjamesiii- Please know that quote is def not “whoa it’s me”, but “woe is me[sic]”, actually. I’ll let you research the author.

    What I feel about K Michelle is irrelevant but don’t ever try and come using weaponry that you are cleary unqualified to operate. You’ll make yourself look really ignorant if you do.

    -ACC

  10. I don’t see Adele’s music or her voice as R&B/Soul, she has a good voice and her music is really not pop either. All of this whining and grumbling is so silly and it is not going to stop Adele or any other artist who has music that people like. Artist need to just do them and don’t worry about someone else.

  11. I agree with K Michelle. The problem is we as black ppl don’t buy music. A lot of us can’t afford it. White ppl reward their celebrities cause they have the money and power.

    • Oh, we buy music. When we hear it. Adele could be a bright shade of fuchsia, and you would still have to give the girl her props. She can sing. Period. I don’t even know who K Michele is.

  12. Isnt this the same bitch, that said right now she ain’t fucking with no Black Men, now she gonna criticize,someone else because of their style of music please, don’t co-sign because your black, listen to what you want to!

  13. “Blue eyed soul” sounds like a racial slur to me!!
    Just admit your singing sucks. Adele and Sam Smith haven’t stolen a single thing from you. You just don’t have any appel as an artist or as a human being!!

  14. K Michelle, Why don’t you worry about selling your own music instead of throwing shade towards Adele and Sam Smith.They don’t have to use a reality show and butt injections to sell their music. You could sell more of your music if you weren’t so fake looking. Stop the drama and stay in your lane. Still SMH

  15. I’m Tired of people like her trying to trash good artists. People calling soul music Black. There is nowhere written that soul music should be sung by a black person. Yes it is a genre and music that has become popular with in afro american communities. Me as a singer I consider soul music as music that comes from your soul. And for one thing Adele’s voice comes from her soul. You know why people like adele, her tone is thick and rich, she has a very good range, hit the money notes but most importantly she makes you feel everything she sings at least for me, but looking at her album sales I can imagine I’m not the only one. Next to that she also writes songs I can relate to, not about soms broken coochy (kmichelle)… So my advice to misses Kmichelle would be stop being ratched be classy, write songs that more people can relate to and stop blaming others for your shitt.. Allthough I do agree with a few things she says.. Beyonce is black but girl is smart and she reached what she wanted to, Rihanna same thing, aretha, patti labelle, alicia keys, dionne warwick, late great whitney houston. All are artists who made something of themselves being coloured so. Maybe instead of trashing others for acheiveing things take a not from one of the many coloured legends and maybe your will reach higher grounds.

  16. in my opinion if K whatever her name is would focus more on her “singing” career and stop trying to make all these ratchet tv shows work maybe we would be talking about her in the likes of Adele

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